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Florida Licenses Receive Upgraded Security

Hochman 2Did you renew your Florida driver’s license recently or will you be doing so in the near future? You may have noticed some tweaks to the design. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently announced some revamped features aimed at improving the security of driver’s licenses, which already underwent significant security changes when they were redesigned back in 2017.

Some of the new security changes Florida motorists can expect to see include a tactile security feature found on the front of the license. Additionally, the common magnetic strip located on the back of the card has been removed.

For those wondering about the security tweaks to the licenses, the changes do not necessarily mean that you have to go out and have your license replaced as soon as possible. The older cards will simply be phased out and drivers will receive one of the enhanced security licenses when it is time to have it renewed or replaced due to reasons such as a looming expiration date.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

School Zone Speeding Has Serious Consequences

schoolBusThe school year may be almost over for South Florida students, but it is still important to be aware of school zones. Being caught speeding in a school can have serious ramifications, including causing injury or death to a child. Hence, the penalties are strict. In fact, depending on how serious the offense is, it is possible for a driver to have their license suspended.

Most school zones in Miami have a speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Going beyond this speed limit during posted hours can result in fines of at least $50 for going about a mile to nine miles over the speed limit. These fines substantially increase the faster a driver goes over the speed limit, as much as $2,000 if a driver is caught going 50 miles over the speed limit.

Besides the fines, speeding in a school zone also carries potential points on a license, something a driver doesn’t want. If you receive a ticket for speeding in a school zone and feel it was wrongfully issued to you, a traffic ticket attorney may be able to help you.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Texting While Driving Bill Inches Closer to Becoming Law

textDrive (2)A bill (HB 107) that would allow law enforcement to pull over Florida drivers caught texting while driving has passed another hurdle after successfully making its way through the last committee after receiving the okay from the House State Affairs Committee.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. What this means is a police officer would need to pull over the driver for another reason such as speeding before they could receive a ticket. If HB 107 becomes law, texting while driving would be “upgraded” to a primary offense.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3,400+ people lost their lives due to reasons such as distracted driving. One study placed Florida as the second most dangerous state in the country for distracted driving.

Besides making texting while driving a primary offense, HB 107 would also require a law enforcement officer to jot down the driver’s ethnicity and race so as to avoid potential issues of pulling over minorities.

To read more, please visit https://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/florida-house-approves-anti-texting-while-driving-bill,16578.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

A Friendly Reminder on the Use of Flashers

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Hurricane season is approaching in less than three months, which means Mother Nature may decide to send more rain our way, making the roads slicker and more dangerous for South Florida drivers. We’ve mentioned in the past but it’s worth reminding drivers regarding the proper use of their vehicle lights when it’s raining.

When it is raining yes, you should definitely have your headlights on so that others can spot your vehicle during a heavy downpour. What you shouldn’t do? Use your hazard lights. You’ve likely seen drivers use their hazard lights on more than one rainy occasion for seemingly no reason at all. It’s worth reminding users that using these hazard lights on already dangerous roads is only making things more confusing and dangerous for fellow drivers. While there may be good intentions behind it, using hazards (or “flashers”) is illegal and may result in a fine.

The flashers are intended to be used if the vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road, if it is disabled, or if it’s in an accident. The only scenario where flashers should be used while a vehicle is in motion is when it is part of a funeral procession.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

FDOT Proposal Seeks to Ease Traffic

tollWould you pay a little extra to avoid traffic slowdowns? Express lanes such as those on I-95 are already intended to ease the flow of traffic, but what the state has in mind is quite different. Double-decker toll lanes are being proposed on the Palmetto Expressway, resulting in an express route between South Dade and State Road 836 with the goal of allowing drivers to pay money to avoid traffic tie-ups.

Similar to I-95, optional toll lanes would be used to fund a project stretching just over five miles set to be built about thirty feet above street level. These elevated lanes would be considered express lanes, providing a connection free of stops between 836 and the Don Shula Expressway to the north and south, respectively.

These proposed double-decker toll lanes are among the several options Florida’s Department of Transportation has been evaluating as a way to widen the Palmetto and create “managed” toll lanes near the current free lanes. Like I-95, prices on the optional toll lanes would fluctuate depending on the level of traffic congestion.

To read more, please visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article227309044.html.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

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The Deeper Ramifications of a DUI

duiWere you recently involved in a DUI offense? You may have a lot of questions on your mind as to how to proceed. Should you admit fault? Is there jail time? While these are things you should seek legal assistance with, there are other ways a DUI may affect you that you may not be aware of.

Travel. While a DUI conviction isn’t going to affect your ability to obtain a passport, it may present hurdles depending on where you’re going. Countries like Canada, for instance, may not allow travelers from foreign countries to enter the country, especially if it’s a recent conviction.

Background checks. Are you applying for a job? Your conviction may show up when a potential employer evaluates whether you’re worth hiring. Depending on the severity of the offense, it may prevent you from getting the job if a private employer has policies against hiring those with a criminal record.

Professional licenses. Are you looking to become the next successful real estate agent or a licensed healthcare professional? A recent DUI conviction could potentially prevent you from being able to obtain the license.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Slow Left Lane Drivers: Don’t Break the Law

 

 

 

 

highway-1031149_1280A topic we’ve discussed on previous occasions is one that many South Florida drivers are familiar with. You’re minding your own business and driving safely in the left lane for purposes of passing and yet you run into that one driver going too slow who refuses to move out of the way. You may politely flash your lights to get them to move but these efforts go ignored.

These slow left lane drivers are breaking the law, as they are “impeding the flow of traffic” yet it’s seemingly one of those laws that are not strictly enforced, sort of like the license plate covers. Indeed, if a driver is attempting to pass someone in the left lane, they must safely move out of the way and let the driver pass, yet in many cases a driver will stay put or may even become upset and begin driving even slower. This only results in greater chances of road rage and a potential increase in congestion as the left lane is intended to serve as a passing lane.

Remember left lane drivers: if someone comes up behind you, you are legally required to move out of the way.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Florida Lacks in Highway Safety Laws

drive-1Most of us know by now that Florida’s reputation for safe roads and drivers is, to put it mildly, not a very good one. A report by The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety (AHAS) recently examined how states rank based on their traffic safety laws. The states were evaluated on how many of the sixteen AHAS recommended road safety laws were implemented or enforced. States with fewer than seven were marked “red” while those with at least nine were marked “green”. Perhaps not surprisingly, Florida has earned the dubious honor of being among the worst, with a mere five of the recommended laws.

One of the notable laws that Florida didn’t have is the much-discussed law where texting and driving are considered a primary offense. While efforts continue to rectify this, the law remains, for the time being, a secondary offense.

The AHAS report follows Florida’s ranking as having some of the nation’s worst drivers. The state can find some solace in knowing that despite its poor AHAS report ranking, it still didn’t fare as badly as South Dakota which has just two of the sixteen law recommendations.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Proposed Bill Takes on Uninsured Motorists

insuranceWhen a law enforcement officer asks for your license, vehicle registration, and insurance, it’s not a good sign. Chances are you’ve probably been stopped for having committed a traffic infraction or you were involved in a crash. Thanks to modern technology, the officer is quickly able to verify your registration and the status of your license through a consistently updated Florida database. However, that is not the case when it comes to insurance.

A bill which will be evaluated during the spring legislative session could make radical changes regarding insurance. It would require Florida to create a system by July of 2022 that would require insurance companies to upload reports on a weekly basis regarding their policyholder status. Officers would also be required to verify a driver’s insurance status when they are involved in a traffic stop or a crash. Even with these changes in place, drivers would still need to carry proof of insurance.

Insurance verification could go a long way in cutting down on Florida’s uninsured motorist rate which is currently just over 25 percent. The state has the dubious distinction of being among the worst in the country.

To read more, please visit https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190112/florida-considers-auto-insurance-database-to-catch-uninsured-drivers.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Another Bill Takes a Bold Approach to Mobile Phones

textDriveLast time we told you about a new bill that aims to tackle cell phone usage here in Florida. Called the “Hands-Free Florida Law”, the bill would prevent drivers from utilizing their mobile device to send a text or talk unless they are using a handsfree device. Another bill was recently announced that would take things a step further. HB 107 would make it illegal to even touch a phone, with the bill stating that a driver “may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device….” The sweeping bill has lead to some confusion.

Shortly after its announcement, the Florida representative responsible for filing the bill clarified by stating that drivers would indeed be allowed a single tap. The nature of the bill and the “one tap” caveat does raise some questions and concerns. For example, if the bill were indeed to pass, how would it affect drivers working for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft? These services require using the phone. There is also concern about older vehicles that do not have built-in handsfree technology and how that would affect those drivers.

Should HB 107 become law, it will go into effect on October 1st. Should you wish to read more about it, please visithttps://www.clickorlando.com/getting-results-/driving-change/hands-free-florida-bill-would-allow-drivers-to-tap-cellphones.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.